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Penn College’s Spring 2017 Graduates Listed

The list of Spring 2017 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released by the Registrar’s Office.

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Last updated May 23, 2017 | Posted in Alumni | Leave a comment

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College’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List Released

The Spring 2017 dean’s list has been announced at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Last updated May 23, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Students | Leave a comment

Volkswagen Owners Club Funds New Penn College Scholarship

James Yemzow, of the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club, accompanied by another HAVOC member, Patricia Shaffer (left) presents a check for the club’s scholarship to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students enrolled in a unique major that features the restoration of classic and antique automobiles.

The new scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the automotive restoration technology Associate of Applied Science major offered by the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Penn College.

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Adjunct Faculty Member Coaching Finals-Bound OM Team

Denise A. Southard (standing in back) and her husband, Bret, pose with some of their Odyssey of the Mind mentees.

After capturing first in both regional and state competitions, the Curtin crew heads to OM World Finals.

A Penn College adjunct math faculty member and her team of fourth- and fifth-graders from Curtin Intermediate School are headed to the 2017 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University this week. Denise A. Southard and her husband, Bret, coach the team of Williamsport youngsters that captured first place in Division I regional and state competitions with their problem, “A Superhero Cliffhanger.” “While there isn’t a direct connection to math, the students are required to build their props,” Denise said. “Their main prop is a storybook made from wood. They had to measure and cut all the wood in the construction of the book. The finished prop is a 5-foot-high book with seven ‘pages.’” The Southards started coaching OM when their daughters were in elementary school. (Their oldest daughter made it to the World Finals once, and their youngest achieved the honor twice.) Although their girls are older and no longer in OM, the couple continues to love being active in the program. “Ultimately, we both love the confidence it gives the students,” Denise said. “We have seen students, who were so shy they could barely talk to other team members, become stars on the stage! They learn how to think ‘outside the box,’ problem-solve and use power tools!”
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Friday Picnic Collegially Ends Week, Starts Summer Hours

Acme Barbecue, a successful alumni-owned business in downtown Williamsport, kept the chowline moving with pork, chicken and all the fixins'.

Ladder golf, cornhole and Frisbee games are among the attractions on the tent-side lawn.

Student Affairs' Staff Infection team took home the Quizzo title after a nip-and-tuck battle with worthy campus challengers. The team was led by co-captains Mallory L. Weymer (right) and Jackie Klahold (center) and anchored by (from left) Lauren Healy, April M. Yancey and Elliott Strickland – who particularly helped out on questions about the '80s. Team member Kathy Zakarian is not pictured. (Photo provided)

Prize canisters fill up with tickets from those seeking to win everything from a concrete bench to meal plans to Williamsport Crosscutters tickets.

Canned goods and other food was collected on the picnic grounds to benefit students in need. (Photo by Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness)

Employees and retirees kicked off the unofficial start of summer Friday with a fourth annual campus picnic. Food, games, conversation and sunshine were in abundant supply in and around tents by the Penn College tennis courts, and bingo and Quizzo were available inside the Field House for those seeking a shady place to try their luck and/or flex their memory muscles. Five bins of nonperishable food items were collected, increasing donors’ odds of winning raffle prizes – and boosting the inventory for The Cupboard food pantry.

Fifteen Transcendent 2017 Grads Receive Penn College Awards

This year's recipients of Penn College Awards (from left): Mitchell J. Berninger, Garrett D. Corneliussen, Christopher M. Tkatch, Lauren J. Crouse, Abdulaziz S. Alomani, Morgan N. Keyser, Stephanie M. Puckly, Brittany R. Terpstra, Morgan E. Blackwell, Kasandra L. Smoyer, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Meagan L. Dosch, Ainsley R. Bennett and R. Colby Janowitz. (Absent was Elizabeth L. Landis.)

Fifteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students were presented with Penn College Awards during an end-of-semester banquet at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The awards recognize graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the college and who have risen above their classmates as a result of that leadership.

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Penn College Athletes Honor Past, Look to Future

A new day looms on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology and it comes as a result of decades of persistence, patience and effort by those who have participated in and supported Wildcat athletics.

This season, Penn College teams completed their final year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III in fine fashion with several reaching and finishing high in North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs; also, numerous student-athletes garnered all-conference honors. Beginning this fall, the Wildcats will have full NCAA membership, and, with it, the possibility of playing for national championships.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Yaw Seminar Opens Window on Workings of State Government

South Williamsport Area Jr./Sr. High School students of Ryan P. Carper (right) have a class photo taken with state Sen. Gene Yaw.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes high school students to an enlightening day ahead.

Crompton gauges the opinions of his Field House audience ...

... and jokingly takes the pulse of a student who appeared inattentive.

Yaw's "Senator for a Day" agenda included debate on a vital issue: limiting the prescribing and dispensing of opioids to patients.

High schoolers from Bradford, Lycoming and Union counties assembled at Penn College on Thursday for the annual Student Government Seminar organized by state Sen. Gene Yaw. Hundreds of attendees (students, advisers, government officials, lobbyists and members of the media) took part in the daylong gathering, the largest such Senate-organized program in the commonwealth. “This seminar is a great opportunity for high school students,” said the 23rd District Republican, who also chairs the college’s board of directors.  “It allows them to develop legislation, debate important issues with key policymakers, offer their personal input and vote on ‘mock’ bills in open session.” The intent of the event, begun more than 30 years ago under Sen. Roger A. Madigan, is for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the legislative process and develop professional relationships that can open doors to their future. Before their brainstorming sessions, the students were treated to a rapid-fire primer on state government – as illuminating as it was irreverent – by J. Andrew “Drew” Crompton, chief of staff/counsel for Pennsylvania Senate President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati. A favorite part of the Yaw seminar for several years, Crompton served up a half-hour dissection of the “push and pull” within the state Legislature, blending in-your-face interactivity and infectious humor to further students’ serious understanding of the people’s business.

Fabric Installations at Penn College Explore Objects, Memories

Five panels from Kay Healy’s “Lost and Found” series will be included in her exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Objects and memories, transience and stability are explored in “Vestiges,” an exhibit of fabric installations on display May 23 through July 23 in The Gallery at Penn College.

Through her drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric creations, Philadelphia artist Kay Healy explores themes of home, memory, displacement and loss. “Vestiges” will showcase more than 50 of the artist’s works, including five panels from the “Lost and Found” series, a life-size installation featuring three-dimensional objects from armchairs to frying pans and guitars to Teletubbies.

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Faculty Open Middle Schoolers’ Eyes to Vocational Vistas

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, wraps up a session on additive manufacturing – explaining how the technology is changing the way we make and design products.

Middle schoolers had the run of campus on Monday, when they spent the day exploring “degrees that work” in all six of Penn College’s academic schools. Hosted by the College Transitions Office and guided by a multitude of Penn College faculty who provided 45-minute workshops and demonstrations, the students got a hands-on taste of the wide variety of careers they may choose to pursue.

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SGA Auction Adds Thousands to Scholarship Coffers

The sky's the limit for prospective bidders.

No "pig in a poke" is this piece of winged whimsy created by Dennis R. Dorward, associate professor of construction management/building construction.

Down on the auction floor, a spacious chair is just one of the items tempting buyers.

The Horticulture Club donated this handcrafted piece of leaf art ...

... while Financial Operations contributed a coffee-themed gift basket.

The Student Government Association’s recent Silent Auction generated $3,098 in scholarship donations at Penn College, according to final figures from the Student Activities Office. The auction, held at Madigan Library and open to the public, raised $178 in contributions to the new Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship and the balance toward the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, which makes annual awards to students who play leadership roles at the college.

Students’ Civic Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

Some members of this year's Penn College Youth Leadership Program class gather at the close of their on-campus graduation ceremony.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted a ceremony for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the initiative’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty 11th-graders from 10 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them. This is the seventh year that Penn College has operated the program, which was facilitated by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; Sal Vitko, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; and Shelley L. Moore, director of career services.

As part of the Youth Leadership experience, each school team is challenged to identify a need in its community, develop a plan to address it, propose that plan to judges and, if funded as one of the top proposals, implement it.

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Students Gain Experience, Help Community Through VITA

Penn College’s Michael D. Shipman, left, instructor of business administration/accounting, reviews tax policy with student Joshua D. Lyman, of Williamsport. Lyman is one of 16 Penn College students certified by the IRS to offer free tax help to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students offered free assistance to about 160 taxpayers this spring, helping them to realize close to $170,000 in income-tax refunds.

Sixteen Penn College students took part in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, an initiative of the IRS that offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, or those who may need assistance preparing their own returns because of a disability or language barrier.

All but two of the students are enrolled in the course Income Taxation of Individuals, taught by Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting. They are pursuing degrees in accounting, legal assistant paralegal, and business administration: banking and finance concentration.

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Presidential Road Trip Ensures Wildcats’ Spot in Grad Lineup

Evan M. Woods (left) and Kyle H. Fox receive their diplomas Sunday from President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Two Penn College baseball players, unable to attend commencement due to North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs in Lewisburg, were awarded their diplomas prior to Sunday’s championship game. President Davie Jane Gilmour traveled to Bucknell University’s Depew Field, where the Wildcats –  including catcher Evan M. Woods, of Clymer, New York, and pitcher/infielder Kyle H. Fox, of Fleetwood – were set to take on Penn State Berks in the tournament finale. Woods graduated with high honors and an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Fox graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology.
Photo by Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer 

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